Former MakerBot COO Launches New 3D Printer with a Mainstream Price Tag [video]

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Solidoodle 3D Printer

Sam Cervantes was COO of 3D printing pioneer MakerBot through 2010, then he left to start his own company in the space. His goal was to make 3D printers more accessible to the mainstream consumer.

From an interview with Betabeat:

There are about 12 companies selling 3D printers or kits, Mr. Cervantes said, and about three or four for under $1,000. ”A lot of the other guys are focused on making the machine really high functioning,” he said in an interview with Betabeat. “We’re focused on making the machine affordable and easy to use.”

His new printer, called the Solidoodle 2nd Generation, will be sold for $499 to $699 and easily fits on a home desk or counter.

Despite its low price point and small stature, the Solidoodle 2nd Generation is both strong and precise.

Aside from being fully assembled, what makes Solidoodle great? The Solidoodle 2nd Generation 3D Printer is designed by aerospace engineers to be extremely strong and precise at the same time. The all-steel frame is so strong, in fact, that a 200lb man can literally stand on top of the machine while it’s printing. The Solidoodle’s moving parts are designed so that they will move smoothly and never bind.

Now accepting pre-orders via the Solidoodle store.

Video below shows the 3D printer in action.


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